Computational cognitive modeling, computational social science
Bill Kennedy is a Term Associate Professor in the Center for Social Complexity and the Department of Computational and Data Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a retired Navy Captain (30 years of service in submarines and the Naval Reserve) and a retired civil servant (25+ years with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy). He joined the Center for Social Complexity in 2008 after a post-doctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory sponsored by the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Kennedy is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and has been a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a life member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His research interests include: integrating computational cognitive modeling and computational social science; cognitive plausibility; and autonomy.
Dr. Kennedy is the PI for a 5-year project to characterize the reaction of the population of a mega-city. The project started in the summer of 2016 and is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at a rate of approximately $150K per year. The project is supporting a CO-PI, Dr. Andrew Crooks, and has supported four graduate research assistants.
CSS-635, Cognitive Foundations of Computational Social Science (Spring semester most years)
PSYC-768, Computational Cognitive Modeling (Spring every 3-4 years)
CSI-777, Knowledge Mining, in the Fall.
CDS-130, Computing for Scientists, Spring and Fall semesters.
Dr. Kennedy holds a B.S. in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy (1972, “Beat Army”), and M.S. from the Naval PostGraduate School (1973), and a Ph.D. in information technology from George Mason University (2003).
Dr. Kennedy was interviewed for an article in the Atlantic titled "What Happens if a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off in Manhattan," March 15, 2017